Leadership and Policy

Change-management: Tips for success

2 December 2015

After leading significant change in her science department, specialist leader of education Helen Seath discusses some of the lessons she has learned


Advice on tackling radicalisation

25 November 2015

As schools implement the Prevent Duty to tackle radicalisation among students, Hanif Qadir – a government advisor and leading specialist in positively transforming violent extremists – gives us some key messages


A self-audit framework for your SEND provision

25 November 2015

How effective is your school’s overall SEND provision? Inclusion expert Daniel Sobel urges you not to wait for problems to develop, but to self-audit your SEND using the following framework


NQT Special: A headteacher’s advice for NQTs

25 November 2015

Every week, SecEd’s headteacher diarist writes his reflections and experiences as a new school leader. This week, focusing on CPD and support, he offers his advice to new teachers


NQT Special: Some FAQs about NQTs

25 November 2015

Alex Collinson looks at the FAQs that school leaders in England have about how they should be supporting their NQTs and considers relevant government guidance when it comes to NQTs




Combatting the coastal school challenges

18 November 2015

A recent report has sought to shed further light on the challenges coastal schools face and the kind of leadership that is required to overcome them. Heath Monk explains


Managing a project – a route-map to success

18 November 2015

Middle leaders will often find themselves charged with driving a whole-school or whole-department initiative to raise achievement or close the gap. Dan Walton offers his advice on how to ensure yours is a success





Supporting Syrian refugee children who arrive in your school

4 November 2015

Receiving the children of Syrian refugees as they begin to arrive in the UK is a realistic possibility for many schools. It is likely that these children will face many challenges as they integrate. Educational psychologist Dr Joanna Mitchell offers a checklist for successful inclusion


Character education: Introducing virtue

4 November 2015

In a new monthly series of best practice articles exploring character education, expert Matt Bawden asks what aspects of character should be central to our education system and details a new DfE-backed pilot project to teach character through the curriculum



Supporting your exams officer

14 October 2015

Despite the significance of the exams officer role within secondary schools, they often do not receive the support they should. Jugjit Chima offers some advice to school leaders


The UK’s most inspiring school library

14 October 2015

What makes the perfect school library? Emma Lee-Potter speaks to the secondary winner of this year’s School Library Inspiration Award to find out


Dealing with issues of staff conduct

14 October 2015

There are times as a manager or school leader when the behaviour of a colleague needs to be addressed. Sonia Gill offers some advice on approaching these sensitive conversations professionally


The Prevent Duty in schools

7 October 2015

Robin Jacobs considers the practical steps schools need to take in order to comply with their legal obligations under the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act.


Dealing with the helicopter parents

7 October 2015

Helicopter parents are those that micro-manage their children’s lives and continually demand success. But research is showing the negative impact that this is having on young people. Karen Sullivan explains


Stocking emergency inhalers in school

7 October 2015

A year ago, the law changed to allow schools to buy emergency inhalers without prescription. However, anecdotal evidence gathered by the British Journal of School Nursing and SecEd shows that some schools are unaware of the changes or have encountered challenges in implementation. Caroline Voogd ...



Difficult conversations with parents

7 October 2015

Sonia Gill outlines two common difficult conversations with parents and three common mistakes that can hinder teachers when trying to resolve sensitive issues


ETAG: Eight months and still waiting...

30 September 2015

The government-appointed Education and Technology Action Group (ETAG) published its recommendations in January. Eight months on and there has still been no response from ministers. Bob Harrison explains


Case study: Reducing lateness to lessons

30 September 2015

When Marple Hall School reviewed lateness levels, they found 883 hours of teaching had been missed in one year due to students not arriving in class on time. Rhian Davies explains how they tackled this

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